Japanese truckers could soon be having some surreal encounters. Not only will this ladybug robot scrub the floor and dodge around people, it will also try to engage them in conversation. Are people ready for a chatty cleaning bot? The Lady Bird will understand simple speech and respond. You can ask about local traffic conditions, and it'll have the latest info. Between this and the kneeling office bot, Japan could be swarming with officious (but adorable) answer-bots by 2010.Image from Yomiuri.

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